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NTO Googlies Cricket Club ticked pink by national award

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The NTO Googlies Cricket Club’s dedication to Pink Stumps Day has been recognised on the national stage.

The Newcastle organisation was one of 26, throughout Australia, to be acknowledged by the McGrath Foundation for its commitment to the annual fundraiser.

For the past decade, NTO Googlies have staged the popular event, which eventually allows the charity to employ Breast Care Nurses throughout the region.

This achievement makes them one of the longest-standing Pink Stumps Day hosts in the country while also being in the top fundraisers during that time.

“We’ve supported it from day one,” organiser James Wickham said.

“And, so far, we’ve amassed more than $12,000.

“That’s not a bad effort for a little one team club.”

Wickham said the organisation was thrilled to receive a Pink Service Award.

“Many people in the club have had friends or family who have been touched by breast cancer and supported by the McGrath Breast Care Nurses,” he explained.

“So, when Pink Stumps Day came along, we thought it was the perfect way to give back.

“In fact, it’s the highlight of the year for us.

“It is a great way to bring the community together and raise funds for a good cause.”

The NTO Googlies Cricket Club began in 1985/86 as a work-based team, designed to have fun on weekends.

It has continued, uninterrupted, to the present day with a core group of players, plus many more who have joined from outside the workplace.

“We are the oldest participating single side club in the Newcastle C&S association,” Wickham said.

“It now encompasses people from all walks of life and age groups, from 17 to 70.

“We’ve had more than 150 cricketers registered during our lifetime, including Australian Test and ODI all-rounder Greg Matthews.

“If the Aussie cricket team thinks the “baggy green” is special, they haven’t seen anything compared to the famous “Googlie Gold” worn each Saturday.

“As we enter our 35th year, we stick to the principle that we’d rather have a good time than win.”

The NTO Googlies will host another fundraiser on Saturday 12 February, too.

Pink Stumps Day is the McGrath Foundation’s largest community campaign where cricket clubs and teams, workplaces, schools and backyard players across the nation turn their game pink to fundraise for the McGrath Foundation.

“We can’t thank the NTO Googlies Cricket Club enough for their continued support and dedication to Pink Stumps Day,” McGrath Foundation ambassador and director Tracy Bevan said.

“Breast cancer is the most commonly-diagnosed cancer in Australia, with 55 people being diagnosed every day.

“The reality is that a lot of Australians will know someone impacted by this disease.

“McGrath Breast Care Nurses are placed in communities like Newcastle around the country, helping families experiencing breast cancer.

“It’s only through the ongoing generous support of the NTO Googlies that the McGrath Foundation can continue to provide these vital nurses for free.”

Find out more about hosting your own Pink Stumps Day event by visiting https://www.pinkstumpsday.com.au/

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